HONG KONG: Cathay and Dragonair see continuing cargo uptick

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair have reported combined traffic figures for May 2010 showing significant rises in cargo and mail compared to the same month in 2009. The two airlines carried a total of 158,600 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 30 per cent on May last year. The cargo and mail load factor […]


Cathay Pacific and Dragonair have reported combined traffic figures for May 2010 showing significant rises in cargo and mail compared to the same month in 2009. The two airlines carried a total of 158,600 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 30 per cent on May last year. The cargo and mail load factor was 79.1 per cent, a rise of 10.9 percentage points, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 19.7 per cent. For the year to date, tonnage has risen by 25.4 per cent compared to a capacity increase of 4.8 per cent.

Cathay Pacific general manager cargo – Mainland China and Hong Kong James Woodrow said: “May is not usually a strong season for air cargo but this year we saw a continuation of the high demand out of key markets seen in the first four months. Demand across the network remained strong and a general shortage of capacity in the industry helped to keep the load factor high. Our own capacity rose due to a number of extra services and charters mounted in response to high demand, together with the return of freighters parked in the desert last year.”